Root Chakra

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May 062015
Sacral chakra

The chakras are energy centers that run through the physical body and assist in the health and balance of your physical life and well-being. Like a machine your body uses this energy to bring vitality and health throughout all aspects of your life by aligning the body, mind and soul connection and grounds it to the energy of the Earth.

The root chakra is the first of the chakras which begins at the base of your spine and emanates with a bright red glow downward. It is the point at which your physical body is connected directly into the Earth and handles the primal necessities of your life such as food, shelter, security.

When the root chakra is grounded properly your basic needs are met and you will find balance flowing outward towards all area’s of your life. All problems and conflicts that you encounter will be met with calmness and clarity and you will find that you will be able to handle them with confidence and ease.

A root chakra that is not flowing properly can present itself as physical symptoms which include constipation, lower back pain, greed, financial problems, sleep disorders, fatigue, low energy, low self esteem and even violence.

Keeping the chakra’s clear and flowing properly are an important part of spiritual maintenance allowing growth and the manifestation of what you want to bring into your physical world.

About the Author

Toni Wooten is a master psychic and tarot card reader assisting those on their journey through life. She is also a jewelry artist specializing in the use of the energy of natural products made from the earth in her work. Creating beautiful works of art that are uplifting and energetically functional.

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Apr 272015
aromatherapy for dogs

Dogs have an acute sense of smell. Their nasal passages are much larger than humans and their sense of smell is 50-100 times greater. Aromatherapy for dogs is safe and therapeutic if utilized correctly. When using aromatherapy with your dog, make sure to use a high quality,  pure essential oil.            Synthetic oils contain chemicals which can be toxic to your animal. Even though an essential oil is pure and natural, it does not mean it is safe to use with your canine. Keep the size of your pet in mind. Use smaller dosing for smaller dogs. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances, therefore it is recommended to dilute oils in a base or to use a hydrosol when working with animals.

Kristen Leigh Bell author of Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals recommends avoiding the following essential oils: anise, birch, bitter almond, boldo, calamus, camphor, cassia, chenopodium, clove leaf and bud, crested lavender, garlic, goosefoot, horseradish, hyssop, juniper (she uses juniper berry), mugwort, mustard, oregano, pennyroyal, red or white thyme, rue, santalina, sassafras, savory, tansy, terebinth, thuja, wintergreen, wormwood, and yarrow.

Recipe Blends for Dogs

*Note these recipes are for dogs only. Do not use the recipes on other animals. Some essential oils that are safe for dogs are toxic to other animals such as cats, which metabolize essential oils differently than dogs.

All Natural Decyl Polyglucose Shampoo Base

Combine 4.5 ounces distilled water (135ml), 3.2 ounces decyl polyglucose (95 ml), ½ teaspoon xanthum gum powder (2.5ml), ½ teaspoon cider vinegar (2.5ml), grapefruit seed extract 1ml, rosemary antioxidant extract 1ml. Recipe makes 8 ounces (240ml) of shampoo base. Decyl polyglucose is easily obtained online.

Skin Soothing Shampoo for Itchy and Allergic Skin-

Add 2 drops geranium, 6 drops rosewood, 6 drops lavender, 1 drop roman chamomile, 2 drops carrot seed essential oil to 8 ounces (240ml) of a natural shampoo base such as the one listed above. One tablespoon (15ml) of finely ground oatmeal can be added for further relief.

Calming Shampoo-

Add 3 drops valerian, 2 drops vetiver, 4 drops petitgrain, 3 drops sweet marjoram, 2 drops sweet orange essential oil to 8 ounces (240ml) of a natural shampoo base such as the one listed above.

Flea and Insect Repelling Shampoo-

Add 4 drops clary sage, 2 drops citronella, 8 drops peppermint and 4 drops lemon to an 8 ounce (240ml) bottle of natural shampoo base such as the one listed above.

Tick Repelling Shampoo-

Add 2 drops geranium, 2 drops rosewood, 3 drops lavender, 2 drops myrrh, 2 drops opoponax and 1 drop bay leaf to an 8 ounce (240ml) bottle of natural shampoo such as the one listed above.


Bell, K. L. Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to the Use of Essential Oils and Hydrosols with Animals.

About the Author

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shaman/healer, Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul guidance coach and laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. She enjoys helping people heal, laugh and live the life of their dreams. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website

Apr 252015
Lilac oil

The scent of lilac is strong and sweet. Flowers are commonly purple in color though white, yellow, red and pink exist as hybrids. The lilac bush or tree (syringa vulgaris) is a part of the olive family (oleacea) and is native to Eastern Europe and temperate Asia. Lilac plants grow up to 30 feet tall and produce large oval shaped flower clusters with rich green leaves. The fragrant aroma of lilac is intense and short lived as the bloom period is approximately 3 weeks. Lilac flowers are edible.

It is difficult to produce a true lilac essential oil as the plant has little oil and the smell is difficult to capture. “Actually, not every plant has essential oil aromatic sacks and glands, and therefore, can’t be used to make essential oils,” states Erin Murphy an instructor at Ashmead College of Massage. Lilac oil is commonly considered fragrance oil though documentation of the use of lilac essential oil exists. Fragrance oils are made by combining a blend of essential oils to match the desired aroma or by using synthetic chemicals.

When used in aromatherapy, the oil of lilac is reported to have a soothing effect on the nervous system that eases anxiety, encourages relaxation and helps to center the mind. White lilacs are said to enhance sensuality. Historically lilac oil has been used to reduce fever, rid the body of internal parasites, treat malaria and kidney disease and ease cuts, scrapes, rashes and sunburn. Lilac essential oil is difficult to obtain though do it yourself recipes exist on the internet.

Lilac Recipes:

Lilac Honey

Fill a jar with freshly picked lilac flowers. Leave a little room at the top. Pour pure honey over the flowers to the top and cap. Allow to infuse for at least 6 weeks. Do not strain the honey as the flowers are edible. Add to recipes, spreading on bread, or adding to teas.

Lilac Infused Oil

Jar size of choice (1/2 pint, pint, quart etc.)
Carrier Oil – olive, jojoba, or sweet almond oil, etc.
Optional – Vitamin E Oil for preservation

Fill jar with wilted lilac flowers. Make sure the flowers are as dry as possible to discourage rancidity. Cover with carrier oil and cap. Allow to infuse for up to 6 weeks. After 6 weeks strain and use in salve formulations or as a base for aroma oil. Combines well with lavender, patchouli, or jasmine essential oils.


Juniper Wyndfyre is a gifted healer who has worked with the Andean and Amazon medicine people. Also a Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul-life coach and certified laughter yoga teacher, Juniper lives in New Mexico. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website All services except laughter yoga certifications are long distance. You may also find Juniper Wyndfyre on

Apr 042015
Basic body care aromatherapy

Spring is a time for new beginnings. The cold, dark winter days begin to fade and light and warmth return. Trees and plants awaken to a new cycle of growth. Soon sweaters will be discarded for short sleeves. Basic body care aromatherapy will pamper your body and get you ready for the glow of summer.

Make your own body oil. Good base oils are apricot, almond, grapeseed, safflower and sunflower oil. Other oils which can be used in combination with the above base oils include jojoba, evening primrose, avocado, wheat germ, olive, carrot and sesame oil. The essential oils of palma rosa, geranium, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, lavender, carrot, jasmine, frankincense, patchouli, German chamomile and neroili are nice choices for normal skin. Use 5 drops of essential oil to 1 teaspoon (5ml) of a base vegetable oil. Should you prefer a lotion rather than oil buy unscented lotion and add 40 drops of essential oil to a 4 ounce bottle (120ml) and 80 drops essential oil to an 8 ounce bottle (240ml).

Baths are a great way to add aromatic and therapeutic benefits. If you are looking to shed excess fluid and reduce cellulite the oils of fennel, celery, grapefruit, oregano, cypress, lemon and juniper are good choices. Add deodorizing oil after your bath for a pleasant smell. Essential oils of sage, clary-sage, thyme, peppermint and eucalyptus are deodorizing.

Shed Fat and Fluid Bath-

Blend #1-

Add 4 drops of lavender, 8 drops, grapefruit, 5 drops cypress, 3 drops juniper and 4 drops of basil essential oil to a dark bottle. Gently shake. Place 6 drops of this blend in your bath.

Blend #2-

Add 4 drops lemongrass, 5 drops oregano, 3 drops fennel, 8 drops pettigraine and 4 drops basil essential oil to a dark bottle. Gently shake. Place 6 drops of this blend in your bath.

Deodorizing Body Oil-

Add 15 drops sage, 10 drops thyme, 2 drops eucalyptus, 3 drops peppermint to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of vegetable oil. Apply over body after a bath.


Gennari Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal

Worwood, V.A. Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shaman/healer, Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul guidance coach, laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. She enjoys helping people heal, laugh and live the life of their dreams. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website

Mar 212015
Juniper Essential Oil

The transition from winter to spring is a great time to incorporate juniper essential oil into your regimen. On the physical level juniper assists the body to eliminate toxins and stagnant fluids. Historically this essential oil has been used to detoxify the kidneys and liver. It can be used to reduce cellulite and to treat obesity. In ancient times juniper oil was used to ward off negative and evil spirits and for psychic protection. It aids in stress reduction and promotes emotional balance. Juniper essential oil is a master purifier of body, mind and spirit.

Juniper belongs to the cypress family. It grows as a shrub or tree depending on the geographic location. Most commonly juniper essential oil is steam distilled from the berries of the plant though needles and twigs can be used. Berries take 2-3 years to ripen. Young berries are light colored with a white cone-like appearance. When ripe, juniper berries turn dark blue. The aroma is warm woody, sweet and balsamic. Juniper is a primary ingredient in gin.

The properties of juniper essential oil are antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, anti-rheumatic, cleanser, detoxifier, diuretic, nervine, stimulant and tonic. Common uses are for acne, dermatitis, eczema, kidney stones and urinary tract infections. Juniper is mentally stimulating and calming. This oil is not recommended for pregnant women or those with kidney disease. Essential oil of juniper berry blends well with cypress, fir, sandalwood, cedarwood, rosewood, bergamot, citrus oils, lavender, melaleuca, and rosemary.

Juniper Essential Oil Blends-

Hair and Scalp Tonic

Add 10 drops juniper, 8 drops rosemary and 7 drops cedarwood to 3 tablespoons (45ml) of olive oil. Massage into the scalp. Wrap hair in a warm clean towel and leave on for at least 2 hours before washing hair.

Detox Blend

Add 2 drops juniper, 2 drops angelica and 6 drops grapefruit to 4 teaspoons (20ml) of carrier oil. Vigorously massage affected areas.

Respiratory Blend

Add 2 drops juniper and 3 drops eucalyptus to a bowl of nearly boiling water and inhale the vapors. Use this twice daily when needed.

Concentration Blend

Place 3 drops juniper and 3 drops of lemon on a tissue in the room or place drops on a candle burner. Add to a bottle of distilled water and mist the room. This blend will also help clear the environment and neutralize odors.


Gennari-Cooksley, V. Aromatherpay: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal

Harding, J. A Guide to Essential Oils

Modern Essential: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

Worwood, V. A. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and aromatherapy

About the Author

Juniper Wyndfyre is a gifted healer who has worked with the Andean and Amazon medicine people. Also a Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul-life coach and certified laughter yoga teacher, Juniper lives in New Mexico. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website All services except laughter yoga certifications are long distance. You may also find Juniper on

Feb 132015
Valentine's Day 2015

Delight, Arouse and Intensify Your Partner’s Desire on Valentine’s Day 2015

Create a sensual, romantic, erotic and playful ambiance this Valentine’s Day 2015 and arouse and intensify your partner’s desire. Valentine’s Day is associated with love, roses, the heart, chocolate, greeting cards, lace and romance. Delight the senses and ignite the passion by implementing a few customized strategies.

First decide what you and your partner require. Personalize your choice of sensual strategies based on your needs and goals. Would you like to create an environment that is relaxing yet playful? Are you nervous? Will you and your sweetie be celebrating after a busy day at work? You both need something to help calm and clear your minds? Do you want to open your heart more deeply? Would you like to add an erotic vibe?

Valentines 2015The essential oils of jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang, sandalwood and patchouli have aphrodisiac properties. These oils are uplifting and relaxing. Ylang-ylang, patchouli and jasmine help to build confidence. Rose essential oil opens the heart. Patchouli can heighten the sex drive and ylang-ylang assists in overcoming sexual dysfunction or concerns. Vanilla is soothing and promotes reproductive health. Vetiver and clary sage aid in quieting, focusing and clearing the mind.

Sprinkle a drop or two of your chosen oils on a pillow, tissue, unscented candle or onto a fire log. Make massage oil by adding a few drops of your chosen oils to 1-2 tablespoons (30-60ml) of carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond. If you are gifting your partner with a greeting card create an aroma memory by placing a drop of oil on the card. High quality natural incense, candles and aromatherapy sprays may be used therapeutically instead of oils.

Every color has a vibration and energy associated with it. Red is a color of stamina, energy, passion, courage, confidence, vitality and determination. It is a warm color and can stimulate the circulation and emotions. Use the color red to enhance these qualities in your space or wear red clothing or lace.

Rose quartz crystal is associated with the heart chakra. This stone can be used to stimulate peace, inner quiet, acceptance, compassion, unconditional love, gentleness and calm. If you would like to open your heart and connect more deeply with your partner this stone is a good choice. Cleanse the rose quartz in salt water for at least an hour, rinse with cold water and charge the stone with your intent. You can wear the stone, place it in your immediate space or in your bath.

Chocolate contains chemical compounds that effect neurotransmitters in the brain. Dark chocolate produces neurotransmitters that uplift the mood, decrease depression and improve alertness and focus. Strawberries are a red fruit associated with love and fertility and the Goddesses Venus and Aphrodite. Consider serving strawberries covered in dark chocolate.

The element of water is associated with the feminine, emotions, cleansing, purification, flow, movement, fertility, love, transformation, creativity and healing. Add some water magic to your Valentine’s  Day 2015 celebration by incorporating one of the baths below. Enhance your tub experience by listening to your favorite sensual and romantic music.

Mystical Sex Bath-

Add 3 drops rose, 3 drops jasmine, 3 drops sandalwood 3 drops frankincense and 3 drops ylang-ylang to comfortable bathwater.

Erotic Bath-

Add 4 drops sandalwood, 4 drops ginger and 4 drops rose oil to a warm bath.

Playful Partner Bath-

5 drops ylang-ylang, 10 drops rose, 5 drops patchouli oil to a warm bath. Gently stroke your partner’s shoulders, arms and fingertips. Massage the palms especially the fatty area below the thumb known as the mound of Venus. Next, stroke your partner’s legs and feet and switch.

*Use high quality essential oils for best results and avoid synthetic oils which do not have the same therapeutic properties

Source of Baths:

Muryn, M. Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shamanic practitioner, intuitive reader, soul-life coach and certified laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. All services are provided via phone or computer long distance. To see a listing of laughter yoga certification trainings or to schedule an appointment with Juniper visit, call 505-862-9343 or email

Feb 082015
winter blues

Do the dark, gray, cold and colorless days of winter have you feeling the blues? Aromatherapy can help to lighten your mood, reduce fatigue, light the inner fire and brighten your home. A few aromatic interventions can quickly alleviate the winter blues.

If you have been feeling rundown and need some immune support; the essential oils of cinnamon, clove, lemon, lime, lavender, rosemary, geranium, orange, eucalyptus, tea tree and oregano oil have antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Some have antiviral and antifungal effects.

Need a lift of spirit? Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, frankincense, geranium, lavender, Melissa, lemongrass, orange, patchouli, roman chamomile, sandalwood and ylang-ylang can alleviate stress and aid depression.

Stimulating oils and warming oils such as basil, cinnamon, citronella, ginger, peppermint, rosemary, and thyme can provide clarity, energy, increased circulation and heat.

Aromatic Recipe Blends: for Winter Blues and health

Elation Formulation Massage Oil

Add 2 tablespoons (30ml) of sweet almond oil or other carrier oil, 1 teaspoon (5ml) of wheat germ oil, 8 drops lavender, 8 drops ylang-ylang, 2 drops basil, 2 drops geranium and 2 drops bergamot essential oil to a dark glass bottle. Shake gently to mix well. Apply a small amount onto the back of the hands and chest area. Inhale the essences from your hands after the application.

winter bluesRestorative Sea Bath-

Add 1-2 pounds of sea salt to a warm bath. For an added effect add 2 or 3 drops of your choice of the stimulating or warming oils listed above. Starting at your feet and moving upward use a loofah sponge or brush to increase circulation and stimulate energy flow. Note- thyme and cinnamon can be irritating to the skin, heavily dilute these oils.

Healing Colds and Flu Bath-

Add 5 drops eucalyptus, 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops lavender and 8 drops of thyme essential oil to a hot bath. Soak for 20 minutes.

Brighten Your Environment and Mood Spray-

Add 12 drops bergamot and 8 drops of clary sage essential oil to a small dark glass bottle. Add distilled water to the bottle, shake gently and spray or diffuse by adding the essential oil drops to the bottle and applying the drops to your diffuser.

Stimulate Your Energy and Uplift Your Mood Blend-

Add 12 drops orange and 8 drops ginger essential oil to a small dark glass bottle. Apply drops to a diffuser or add distilled water to the bottle, gently shake and spray into the room.


Gennari Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal

Modern Essentials: A Contemporary guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils

Muryn, M. Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Spirit and Soul

Compiled by:

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shaman/healer, Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul guidance coach, laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. She enjoys helping people heal, laugh and live the life of their dreams. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website

Feb 072015

The heart is the gateway between the mind and the body. With an open and integrated heart the energy between mind, body and spirit flows. The heart is centered in truth. It does not lie. When the heart is closed or takes a back seat to the mind life gets out of balance. Physical disease, heart conditions and heart attack can result. Life may seem dull and robotic. Healing the heart can heal your life.

How do you know if your heart is in need of attention? Do you laugh frequently? Laughter has been linked to lower blood pressure, pulse, and quicker recovery after heart attacks. Does fear run your life? Fear is an energy that closes the heart. Do you make decisions based on money and logic? Money is not correlated with life satisfaction. Logic can block intuition and creativity thereby limiting possibilities. Is worry, what ifs, maybes and buts part of your decision making? Similar to fear, worry is future oriented. What you are worried about has not occurred. What ifs and maybes take one out of present moment. Buts are excuses created by the mind. They tend to block forward momentum.

Techniques to quiet the mind such as yoga and meditation help heal the heart by creating space for the heart to be heard. Many pink and green stones such as rose quartz are beneficial to the heart. Energy healing techniques aid in removing barriers and aligning flow of energy. Certain herbs, essential oils and flowers can affect heart energy. Rose is a symbol of love and has therapeutic benefits of relieving grief, depression and separation. It is relaxing and aids in creating feelings of well-being. Listed below are some baths to clean, open and heal the heart.

Clean Up Your Heart Bath:

Add 10 drops of crab apple Bach Flower Remedy to a hot bath. This bath helps to cleanse emotional trauma and pain.

Heart Mind Connection Bath:

Add 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of lemon essential oil to a warm-hot bath. The lavender aids in releasing tension, anxiety and emotional blocks to spiritual growth. Lemon promotes mental clarity.

Rose Quartz Heart Transforming Bath:

Cleanse a rose quartz crystal by placing it in salt water for an hour or overnight. Remove the crystal from the water and rinse with cold water. Hold the crystal in your dominant hand and charge it with what you desire. For example this rose quartz now removes emotional trauma from my being and fills my heart with unconditional love. This stone that I use now opens my heart. I now accept myself. I am at peace. Place the rose quartz in the bath water and soak.

Source of bath recipes:

Muryn, M. Water Magic: Healing Bath Recipes for the Body, Spirit and Soul

Compiled by:

Juniper Wyndfyre is a healer, intuitive reader, soul life coach and Laughter Yoga leader and teacher residing in New Mexico. All services are available long distance. To reach Juniper visit or call 505-862-9343.

Feb 072015

Cinnamon essential oil is spicy, warm, musky and sweet. Steam distilled from the bark or leaf of the Lauracea family (laurel) the plant was native to tropical Asia and was widely used in Sri Lanka and India. The shrub is now grown in most tropical regions of the world. Cinnamon essential oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antioxidant, anti-spasmodic, purifying, warming and sexual stimulating properties.

Historically cinnamon has been used by many cultures to treat diarrhea, arthritis, menstrual cramps, heavy menstruation, yeast infections, colds, flu and digestive problems. In recent years cinnamon has received a lot of attention for its antidiabetic properties. Research shows that it helps to reduce blood sugar levels and that it protects the pancreas. Other studies have shown that people who used cinnamon had better memory and could process information more quickly. In a 2006 study of 21 essential oils cinnamon was found to be the most effective essential oil for inhibiting bacterial growth.

The essential oil of cinnamon is a blood coagulant and can be used to stop excess bleeding. Cinnamon has been used to aid nausea, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea and gas. It has diuretic effects increasing urine output and removing excess fluid from the body.

Cinnamon essential oil can cause skin irritation and burning when applied so it is recommended to dilute the oil in carrier oil such as jojoba, olive or almond oil. Direct inhalation can irritate nasal membranes. Use caution when applying or diffusing and do not inhale the vapors directly. Cinnamon essential oil blends well with all citrus and spice oils, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender and rosemary. The oil is not recommended for small children and pregnant women.

Cinnamon Essential Oil Antimicrobial Protection Blend-

Add 20 drops clove essential oil, 18 drops lemon essential oil, 10 drops cinnamon bark essential oil, 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil and 5 drops rosemary essential oil to 4 ounces (120ml) of carrier oil. Store the blend in a dark glass bottle. Apply to a small area of the body such as the soles of your feet. You may want to test a smaller area for sensitivity and increase the amount of carrier oil used for sensitive skin. Options for this blend- Eliminate the carrier oil and add to a natural cleaning product for disinfecting surfaces or place in a diffuser cautious not to directly inhale the vapors. Protect pets and children also.


Compiled by:

Juniper Wyndfyre is a shaman/healer, Reiki Master, intuitive reader, soul guidance coach, laughter yoga leader and teacher living in New Mexico. She enjoys helping people heal, laugh and live the life of their dreams. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website

Dec 202014
natural remedies to combat fatigue

Enjoy your winter holidays try some of these natural remedies to combat fatigue and keep your spirit bright

Feeling a lack of energy? Fatigue seems to be a common and sometimes chronic situation for many. Occasionally fatigue is related to a medical problem such as Vitamin B 12 deficiency, anemia, sleep apnea or hypothyroidism. Medical causes of fatigue rarely affect young adults though lately even youth complain of feeling tired frequently. Below are some natural remedies to combat fatigue.

Essential oils- Essential oils such as mint, rosemary, ginger, lime and basil are stimulating. Inhale the oil directly from the bottle or place on a tissue for a quick pick me up.

Laughter- Laughter is great for moving oxygen throughout the body and increasing energy levels. When laughter is practiced heartily, from the diaphragm and sustained it is an aerobic exercise. Laughter does not need to be tied to humor or jokes. In 1995 an Indian doctor Madan Kataria developed laughter yoga; a unique exercise routine in which laughter exercises are used to simulate laughter. Fake laughter has been shown to have the same health effects as genuine laughter. LOL.

Breathing Exercises- Breathing exercises help rid the body of stale air and circulate oxygen to the cells and organs resulting in increased alertness, energy and relaxation. If you are not familiar with formal breathing exercises practice taking 10-20 slow deep breaths and note how you feel afterward.

Yoga- Yogic poses in which the head is above the heart are considered inversions and can be energizing due to increased circulation to the brain. Yoga helps move and unblock stuck energy. Active yoga poses that build fire such as Warrior are energizing.

Limit caffeine intake- Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. If too much caffeine is consumed it can overstimulate the nervous system and adrenal glands flooding the body with increased levels of adrenaline and cortisol. This can lead to fatigue and exhaustion. High caffeine intake can keep you tossing and turning at night. 200mg (2- 5 ounce cups of coffee) of caffeine is considered an average intake for adults.

Avoid heavy meals or highly refined carbohydrate foods, a lot of sugar- Heavy meals place a high demand on the digestive system and will slow your energy making you feel lethargic or like you need a nap. Highly refined carbohydrates and a large amount of sugar cause energy levels to plummet due to quick absorption, rise in blood sugar levels and release of insulin resulting in subsequent crash in blood sugar levels.

Exercise- Exercise increases oxygen, circulation and the movement of energy throughout the body enhancing alertness, mood and wakefulness. There are exercise systems that are specific for moving energy throughout the body such as Tai Chi, Chi gong and yoga. Choose an exercise that you love for optimal benefit.

Step away from over thinking and drama- A busy mind and riding an emotional roller coaster will surely sap your energy. Focus on the positive. Don’t take things personally. Avoid analyzing people and situations. Hang around inspiring persons and end relationships that drain your energy. Avoid blaming others. Take responsibility for your life- remember objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.

Sleep- Lack of sleep has been demonstrated to contribute to a myriad of health problems including high blood pressure, diabetes and weight gain and even early death. Nearly 30% of adults reported regularly getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night in 2005-2007. Though the amount of sleep required is an individual matter, most adults need 7-8 hours per night. Maximize your opportunity for sleep by going to bed at the same time each night and awakening at the same time each morning. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime. Sleep in a cool dark room. Do not watch the news or upsetting programs before bed. Remove electronic devices such as televisions and computers from bedrooms.

Get out in nature and off the computer- Sunlight will aid your sleep at night and help you feel better during the day. The natural world promotes relaxation, balance and healing. Go for a walk or hike preferably out of the hustle and bustle of the city.


Juniper Wyndfyre is a gifted shaman/healer, Reiki Master and intuitive reader living in New Mexico. She is a certified laughter yoga leader &teacher and certified yoga meets dance instructor. All services are available long distance via phone or computer. To reach Juniper call 505-862-9343, email or visit her website

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